Books for children don't always end happily ever after. For more than 250 years, "children's literature" has balanced a desire to keep little readers' attention with a mission to keep their attentions proper. This exhibition highlights moral reckonings - both morbidly satirical and mortally serious - in children's literature from the 18th century through the modern era, featuring both forgotten gems and enduring classics, and includes a corner reading nook to experience the stories directly.
Dr. Brian Rose of the University of Pennsylvania discusses the connections between the legends surrounding King Midas and the actual culture and accomplishments of the ancient Phrygian kingdom he ruled long ago.
The Music Department and the New Americans Committed at the Free Library of Philadelphia invited the public to celebrate the unique cultural heritage of Philadelphia's immigrant communities with a series of free pop-up concerts in the lobby. This June, see the Chinatown youth organization Philadelphia Suns present a Lion Dance.
Join local contemporary composer Cynthia Cozette, poet and lyricist Hazel Lee, and the Music Department at the Parkway Central Library for an evening of poetry and opera commemorating black heritage and the Juneteenth holiday.
What effect is the historic Supreme Court decision having on the way political campaigns operate? Featured speaker Matea Gold of the Washington Post examines the activities of major donors to all sides.
Saxophonist and composer Benny Golson learned his instrument and the vocabulary of jazz while still in high school in Philadelphia. Over the course of an illustrious 60-year career, he has recorded more than 30 albums, written well over 300 compositions, and given hundreds of performances around the globe alongside dozens of jazz greats, including Benny Goodman, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Earl Bostic, and Art Blakey. Today he joins WRTI host Jeff Duperon to discuss his new memoir.
Award-winning journalist Catherine Price visits with her new book. "Vitamania" presents the fascinating story of the 13 dietary chemicals necessary to prevent acute deficiency diseases, and how their discovery just a century ago revolutionized the way people think about food.